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A Beautiful Note from NYC

I just cried ugly tears. The kind that happens when something really, truly speaks to you and you realize why life led you there. I have to be honest. I came here for work. To see and talk about a Broadway show that’s coming to Cincinnati soon. I knew it was about a woman named Carole King who was a songwriter behind the scenes for a LONG time and then eventually wrote, and sang, her own album…didn’t know much more than that. Without giving anything away, tonight I saw a show about an incredible woman I related to on SO many levels. Perusing a passion for a profession instead of a traditional career path, raising a quickly growing family, the struggle to juggle it all… all while trying to fan the flame of your passion that you so dearly love and makes you feel alive when it burns bright… and having the confidence that you CAN. When Pete was sick, I wrote a lot. My mom reminded me that I did that a lot growing up too. I’ve always loved writing {especially when I need to talk to someone – but not talk to anyone}. With a newborn and toddler though, the house is never quiet enough for me to have a complete thought let alone actually write. Tonight’s show reminded me how powerful the pen can be… how it can help release, clarify and detoxify how you feel about things. So, I don’t know how I’m going to do it, or what it will be about, but I’m going to get back to writing again. I’ve been truly touched and inspired tonight. And that, my friends, is Beautiful.

If/Then: A Must-See Performance!

There’s an amazing musical coming to Cincinnati Feb 2-7 and I want to tell you a little bit about it. Because, I feel like I personally can relate to the storyline and so can many of my girlfriends. Definitely a great show for a girlfriends night out together!

So, here goes… If/Then is an original, contemporary musical about the intersection of choice and chance. It charts the turning points in the life of Elizabeth, a single woman who is starting over. She’s an urban planner who returns to New York City after living in Phoenix. The show’s storyline divides into alternative versions of what happens to Elizabeth, based not only on her choices about career and family, but on random everyday chance.

What I love about If/Then, is that it explores how we choose our lives and how our lives choose us. In the end, If/Then doesn’t necessarily attempt to answer the question of “can we have it all?” Rather, it’s about learning to love what we have.

Also, New York City (one of my favorite cities in the whole world!) is a major character in this show. It captures the city’s great energy, random connections and sense of possibility. It also shows how the characters create their own communities within the city of New York and how those communities become their families — something we can all relate to. And that’s the thing — Everyone has an “If/Then” moment in life – a moment that changes the trajectory of everything thereafter, even if you don’t realize it at the time.

Click here to learn more about it!